While debating the Delhi budget in the Rajya Sabha, BJP leader Vijay Goel urged to stop the inflow of migrants from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar into Delhi. This stand is very much like that taken by MNS chief Raj Thackeray in Maharashtra. Goel said putting a stopping migrants was a sure shot solution to Delhi's problems.
According to media reports, Geol stated, "Every day more migrants come to Delhi. Most of them are from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. They come here because they don't have employment opportunities in their states. These migrants settle in slums, which later become unauthorised colonies. If we have to solve the problems of Delhi, we need to stop this inflow of migrants."
Goel also suggested opening branches of Delhi University colleges in other states to stop migrant inflow.
"Students come here every year because there aren't any good colleges in their states. We can open branches of colleges in other states to stop this inflow," said Goel.
Under attack for his comments Goel said his remarks were taken out of context for political gains as he had only suggested facilities on par with the national capital should be provided in states like UP and Bihar.
"My comments were taken out of context for political gains. I only said that if facilities are improved in states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, then people from these states will not feel the need to come to Delhi," the Rajya Sabha MP said today.
Congress has slammed Goel's comments, saying these remarks reflected BJP's attitude towards the people from other states residing in Delhi.
"The comments are totally unacceptable. The comments reflected BJP's attitude towards the people from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh who are staying here," said Delhi Congress Chief Spokesperson Mukesh Sharma.
Goel's comments have stirred up a storm with people likening him to Raj Thackeray.
What is the difference between Vijay Goel's and Raj Thackeray's statements? Can someone tell me?— nikhil wagle (@waglenikhil) August 1, 2014
Dear Vijay Goel, if you want to send migrants home from Delhi, why don't you start with the Union Cabinet? Many thanks!— Seema Goswami (@seemagoswami) August 1, 2014
These outrageous remarks by Mr Goel reflect real mindset & character of BJP, which has no respect for Constitutional values.— Aam Aadmi Party (@AamAadmiParty) August 1, 2014
This shows true ideological position of BJP, similar to Shiv Sena in Mumbai & Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.— Aam Aadmi Party (@AamAadmiParty) August 1, 2014
It is shocking that Mr Goel, a minister at the centre and has also held the post of Delhi BJP chief considers people of UP & Bihar a burden.— Aam Aadmi Party (@AamAadmiParty) August 1, 2014
AAP condemns statement of BJP leader, Vijay Goel against migrants of UP and Bihar. People from UP-Bihar are integral part of Delhi.— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) August 1, 2014
Is it true that Mr Vijay Goel, BJP leader from Delhi has said Biharis should leave Delhi??? If so, it is shameful. Will the PM speak up?— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) August 1, 2014
Vijay Goel's statement proves Why BJP supports Shiv Sena and Raj Thackeray and their violence Ag North Indians in Mumbai.— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) August 1, 2014
Maybe Vijay Goel forgets that UP & Bihar together are 100 seats in Lok Sabha...your BJP MP,s from those areas, yours...well played dodo— Gaurav Kapoor (@nakalcheebandar) July 31, 2014
BJP MP&ex-party President of Delhi Mr Vijay Goel says,"Stop Bihar,UP migrants from settling in Delhi.(Millennium Post).Isn't it unfortunate?